Graduate Students


 Connor Gallik, M.S.

Entered program 2015

Connor is a fifth-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program. He received his undergraduate degree in psychology from Boston University. During his undergraduate career, Connor worked in a developmental psychology lab focusing on cognitive development and science learning in young children. Additionally, he worked as a research assistant at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders.


Connor’s research is grounded in minority stress theory and focuses on the mental health and well-being of transgender youth.  He seeks to understand the prevalence of mental health disparities within the transgender population and the factors that contribute to these disparities.


Masters Thesis: The Stability of Attention Allocation Across Time and Its Relationship to Anxiety


Dissertation: Depression and Self-Worth in Transgender Youth: Examining the impact of minority stress factors and gender-identity-based differences



Watson, R., & Gallik, C. (under review) Risk and Protective Factors for Self-Esteem among a National Sample of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth. Manuscript under review.


Feldman, S., Watson, J., Gallik, C. (under reivew) College Aspirations, Gender Sexuality Alliances, and Teacher Support among Diverse LGBTQ Youth. Manuscript under review.


Domingues, J., Treadwell, K., Gallik, C., Chen, C. (in prep) Attention Bias Modification Dosage: Longitudinal Effects on Attention Shifts and Anxiety. Manuscript in preparation.


Symposia and Workshops:

Gallik, C. (2018, October). Closing the Transgender Gap. Workshop presented at the Connecticut Psychological Association Annual Conference, Haddam, CT.


Gallik, C., Mckay, T., & Watson, R. (2018, November). Examining the Relationship Between Minority Stress Experiences and Depression Symptoms in Transgender Youth. Symposium presented at the conference for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.


Emmons, N., Gallik, C., & Kelemen, D. (2015, April). The Origins of Eternalist Beliefs: A Cross-Cultural Developmental Approach among Ecuadorian, Indigenous Shuar, and Mormon Children. Symposium presented at the conference for the Society for Research in Child Development, Philadelphia, PA.


Paper and Poster Presentations: 

Gallik, C., Stewart, C. E., & Treadwell, K. (2018, March). Friendship quality and co-rumination in the prospective prediction of anxiety and depression. Paper presented at the conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.


Gallik, C,. & Treadwell, K. (2018, March). Negative attention bias and anxiety: stability and predictive utility. Poster presented at the conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.


Mealy, A., Gallik, C., & Treadwell, K. (2018, March). Longitudinal stability of hostile attention allocation,       attention bias, and hostility symptoms. Poster presented at the conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.


Livingston, M., Mealy, A., Gallik, C., Stewart, C. E., Nuccio, A., & Treadwell, K. (2018 March). Longitudinal outcome of attention modification training for social anxiety. Poster presented at the conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Philadelphia, PA.


 Gallik, C., Stewart, C. E., & Treadwell, K. (2016, October). Friendship Interacts with Co-Rumination in Prospective Prediction of Depression and Anxiety. Poster presented at the conference for the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, NY.


 Gallik, C. (2014, October). Evolving Minds: Children’s learning of natural selection from picture books. Poster presented at the Boston University Undergraduate Research Symposium, Boston, MA.

Catherine E. Stewart, Ph.D.

Graduated 2019

  • Post-doc Fellowship (2019 – present): Pain Treatment Service Psychology Fellow,
    Boston Children’s Hospital & Harvard Medical School
  • Clinical Internship (2018-2019): Child and Adolescent Track, University of Rochester Medical Center
  • Dissertation: Can School Nurses Deliver Evidence-based Interventions for Anxious Youth?: Examining Adherence and Competence in a Pilot Randomized Controlled Trial of the CALM Intervention
  • Masters Thesis: Effects of Worry Conversations on Anxiety and Affect: An Observational Study of Dyadic Worry using the Actor Partner Interdependence Model


Caitlin V. Dombrowski, Ph.D.
Graduated 2016
  • Post-doc Fellowship (2016-2018): Geriatric/Adult Clinical Neuropsychology Fellow, McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School, Belmont, MA
  • Clinical Internship (2015-2016): Clinical Neuropsychology Track, University of Florida Health Science Center, Gainesville, FL
  • Dissertation: The influence of cognitive interference and anxiety on working memory and performance validity tests
  • M.A. Thesis: Gender differences in co-rumination, co-worry, and internalizing symptoms in late adolescence 
Amanda J. LeTard, Ph.D.
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Graduated 2016

  • Post-doc Fellowship (2016-2018): Clinician, CBT Westport, Westport, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2015-2016): Child Track, Institute of Living/Hartford Hospital, Hartford, CT
  • Dissertation: Linking meaning making with autonomy, attachment, and parental influences
  • M.A. Thesis: Autonomy and friendship quality as exacerbating and buffering factors of positive and negative indices of adolescent socio-emotional well-being
  • Co-Advisor: Julie Wargo Aikins, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Wayne State University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Neurosciences and the Department of Clinical and Translational Science (DCaTS), Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute
Janine Domingues, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2013

  • Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Anxiety and Mood Disorders Center, Child Mind Institute, New York, NY
  • Clinical Internship (2012-2013): Child, Adolescent, and Family Track, University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey, Newark, NJ
  • Dissertation: Attention shifts and anxiety changes: a dose-response relationships
Shehreen Latif, Ph.D.


Graduated 2012

  • Current Position: Clinical Psychologist, Telka Smith, Practice in Psychology, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Child and Adolescent Inpatient Units, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2011-2012): Child Track, Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Dissertation: Perceived control as a critical factor in the relationship between family overcontrol, life stressors and anxiety


 Kathleen Herzig, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2011

  • Current Position: Assistant Professor of Psychology, Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
  • Post-doc Fellowship/Research Scientist: NYU Langone Medical Center, New York, NY
  • Clinical Internship (2010-2011): Children’s National Medical Center, Washington, DC
  • Dissertation: A reciprocal model of peer victimization and psychosocial functioning
  • M.A. Thesis: Ethnicity as a moderating factor in the effects of peer victimization on adolescent functioning
 Rachel Novosel, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2011

  • Current Position: Licensed Clinical Psychologist, The Center, LLC, King of Prussia, PA
  • Post-doc Fellowship: Pediatric Psychology, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, PA
  • Clinical Internship (2010-2011): Department of Behavioral Medicine, Charleston Area Medical Center Health System, Charleston, WV
  • Dissertation: Implications of ecological validity for cognitive distortions of depression
  • M.A. Thesis: Identifying factors contributing to the emergence of self-disclosure and co-rumination within adolescent dyadic friendship
 Sarah J. Tartar, Ph.D. 


Graduated 2008


  • Post-doc Fellowship: Neuropsychology, Hartford Hospital/Institute of Living, Hartford, CT
  • Clinical Internship (2007-2008): Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, CT
  • Dissertation: Patterns of neuropsychological test performance in subpopulations of mild traumatic brain injury